While I’d very much disagree that Chiana is totally useless, in the context of this particular show I don’t see it as a bad thing at all that she’s often more trouble than she’s worth. This isn’t the Enterprise D supposedly staffed with only the best of the best; we’re dealing with a random, frequently incompetent group of desperate fugitives who often have no idea what the hell they’re doing--and that’s a big part of the fun! Chiana screws up, she behaves selfishly, she sometimes makes things worse, and she annoys the others, too. Early on, at least, they like her just enough not to toss her off Moya at the earliest opportunity.
Nicely put. A big part of the appeal of FARSCAPE is that the characters aren't
an orderly, disciplined crew that works well together. Hell, they can't even get around to agreeing on a captain . . . it's an anarchic group of runaways, refugees, and outcasts, which is half the fun.